OKARA - Traders of the Church Road here urged the Tehsil Municipal Administration to demolish illegal constructions on the road without any discrimination.

Following the Punjab government’s directives, the district administration launched an anti-encroachments drive. Tehsil Administrator Zaheer Abbas, AC Asif Rauf along with police contingent and heavy machinery started the cleanup operation and removed encroachments and stalls. During the operation, a part of the Church Road was completely razed to the ground. On the other hand, some shopkeepers who have grabbed 8 to 10 feet land of the road have been exempted from the action perhaps because their political influence. Thus, the local traders warned the district administration that discrimination in the cleanup drive would not be tolerated.

They demanded that the road should be expanded to 60 feet by demolishing the illegal construction of these influential shopkeepers. If the Administration fails to do so, they will move the court, the traders said. When contacted, Tehsil Municipal Officer Zaheer Abbas Malik said that anti-encroachment operation would continue without any discrimination, adding that no relaxation would be given to anyone.

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He added that to serve the humanity had become his aim of life, adding that he was not satisfied even after working day and night for the people. Talking to news persons, he said the PPP had full realisation of democratic values because his had rendered sacrifices for supremacy. He said until a single house is without connections of electricity and gas, he will continue his efforts.

The government has approved a fund of Rs 850 million for the development works in Tehsil Depalpur and if the government completed its tenure the constituencies NA 146 and NA 147 will be made Paris, he said.